The Scottish surname Irvine is of habitational origin. The name is derived from the townland of Irvine in Ayrshire, Scotland which is named from a Celtic river, ir,or yr meaning “green or fresh” and afon meaning ”water.” Early references tonthe name Irvine include Thomas Irvine, christened on November 4th 1687 at St. Nicholas church Aberdeen. A notable bearer is Washington Irving (1783 - 1859), the American author, whose father was born at Shapinsay, Orkney, Scotland in about 1759. Today there are almost 10,000 people with the surname Irvine resident in The United States.
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